In 1855 Hermanuspietersfontein was founded and so named to honour one Hermanus Pieters, a teacher who was hired (and apparently often paid in sheep) to teach the local children in Dutch (the forerunner of Afrikaans) in the early 1800s. The name of the town was shortened to Hermanus in the early 1900s.
A century later Hermanuspietersfontein Cellar and Wines felt it fitting to revive and re-live the village’s history by bringing the original name back, and to honour Hermanus Pieters they committed to making all wine names and labels in Afrikaans – the only cellar in South Africa to do so.
The Hermanuspietersfontein wine cellar is built around a large courtyard and it’s here where the Food & Wine Market brings back the ambiance of the old market square where people gather to buy directly from the butcher, the baker and the cheese maker while delicious aromas of organic coffee, traditional pannekoek and breakfast permeate the air and tantalise the senses.
Browse the food tables and stock up on some of the region’s finest olive oils, organic vegetables, home bakes and other traditional and international fare, and a variety of quality handcrafted products. And don’t forget the wine tasting, which is free.
Enjoy breakfast or lunch, or relax with a glass of wine while taking in the sights and sounds of a traditional country market. It’s a child safe environment that includes a special water feature for them to enjoy, and while the market is dog friendly, it is strictly against plastic packaging.
The market is open every Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm, and it really does offer something for everyone. The Hermanuspieterfontein Cellar lies at the entrance to the Hemel and Aarde Valley, midway between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas and within walking distance of Walker Bay. For directions, click here.
Read more about Hermanuspietersfontein, the Food & Wine Market, the award-winning wines and the fully furnished and equipped farm cottages where you can escape the city for more than just a morning, at their website.